Budget airline Air Arabia expands into Eritrea


Air Arabia will run flights to Eritrea starting December 10 as the budget airline expands its presence in Africa.

Flights will operate once a week, departing from Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) in the United Arab Emirates at 22:00 hours, and arriving at Asmara International Airport (ASM) in Eritrea at 01:00 hours local time. While the return flight will run from Asmara on Mondays at 01:40 and arrive in Sharjah 06:20

Air Arabia expands into Eritrea

Air Arabia, which is based in the United Arab Emirates, is the first low-cost airline to operate in the Middle East and North Africa. According to Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, Adel Al Ali, Eritrea is an important market for the UAE.

“Eritrea is on the path to becoming an important market for the UAE. Through the launch of this route, we look to boost the trade and bilateral relations between the two countries, and expand our footprint in the African continent. We are excited to commence our operations to Asmara, which will provide affordable travel options to passengers travelling from Eritrea to destinations across our network and beyond.”

The airline currently operates 133 flight routes to destinations around the world from three main hubs located in the Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Morocco and the UAE. And now the airline is adding Eritrea to its list of destinations across Africa.

Flights to ‘vibrant Asmara’

In a company statement, Air Arabia describes Eritrea’s capital as a “vibrant” destination for travellers looking to experience local culture.

“Situated in the Horn of Africa, Eritrea is home to some delightful modernist architecture, and a unique art deco scene for visitors to behold. Asmara is well known for its vibrant traditions, and hosts an abundance of cafés, restaurants and attractions for tourists to immerse themselves into the local culture,” the company says.

Travellers can already book tickets for the Sharjah-Asmara flight, which will operate for the first time on December 10.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.